*On the first Friday of every month, we will be opened at 10:00 AM
* Closed Saturday, September 1st. Reopening Tuesday, September 4th
Dr. Shainul Waljee grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She gained admission to the University of Alberta for her undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in 1999, she went on to study Optometry at the University of Waterloo, and graduated with distinction in 2003. Her internships included work at the Omni Eye Centre in Baltimore, as well as at a private practice in Coquitlam. Dr. Waljee then completed a one-year Residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. She had the opportunity to work alongside optometrists and ophthalmologists specializing in glaucoma, cataracts, as well as retinal and anterior segment diseases. In addition, she gained experience in research, clinical teaching, and mentorship to optometry students.
Dr. Waljee joined Family Eyecare Centre in 2004 and has developed a wonderful relationship with her patients of all ages. She especially enjoys educating her patients about their eyes and their eye conditions. She has a special interest in ocular disease and contact lenses. In February 2014, she was recognized as B.C.’s ‘Young Optometrist of the Year’ from the British Columbia Doctors of Optometry.
Travelling is one of Dr. Waljee’s passions. She has had the opportunity to merge her work into her travels through VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity) in Mexico (2001), Tunisia (2007) and India (2009).
In her free time, Dr. Waljee has been involved in volunteer work, mostly through the Ismaili Community. She stays active with running, ball hockey, and other outdoor activities. In addition, she loves to spend time with friends and her growing family.
Dr. Errin Bligh first attended the University of Western Ontario in London, ON where she studied Genetics and graduated with Honours. However, as a child she visited optometry offices every 6 months after receiving her first pair of glasses in grade 3. Her high prescription led her to pursue LASIK surgery in 2008, which corrected her near-sightedness. This inspired her to find her true passion in eye care and she was accepted into the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo, graduating with Excellence in 2014. Dr. Bligh was also the recipient of the A.W. Cole Award for Clinical Excellence, as well as class valedictorian and was featured in Women in Optometry magazine as a “Top Grad” in North America. She completed her training in Mobile, Alabama, working closely with ophthalmologists specialized in retina, neuro-ophthalmology, and oculo-plastics.
Providing thorough and sincere care to patients of all ages is Dr. Bligh’s primary objective. She loves working with children and was honoured to receive the Good-Lite Pediatric Optometry Award in 2014. She is also happy to accept patients with special needs. Dr. Bligh is a firm believer in outreach, and was Vice President of the Waterloo chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) while studying at the University of Waterloo, with whom she travelled to Ecuador to provide eye care to a less privileged community. In her spare time, Dr. Bligh enjoys art, theatre, and travelling.
Dr. Kelsey Snow was born and raised in BC, where she completed her Bachelor of Science with distinction in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Snow recently graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo Optometry program, where she was awarded the Ontario Association of Optometry Award for "Excellence in Patient Management," as well as the CooperVision Contact Lens Award. Her final year of externships included a term at OMNI Eye Specialists in Baltimore, MD, where she worked closely with ophthalmologists specialized in glaucoma, retina, anterior segment, and oculoplastics.
Dr. Snow is passionate about giving back to the less privileged and has participated in two optometric service trips to date (Paraguay in 2013 with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and Jamaica in 2015 at the Foundation for International Self Help). She looks forward to future outreach opportunities, internationally and in her local community.
She lives with her husband in Vancouver and is enjoying being back on the west coast, where she can spend time outdoors bike riding, hiking, and skiing.
Dr. Durst will be on maternity leave starting April 6, 2017 until October 17, 2017
Dr. Jennifer Durst would say her career started when she received her first pair of glasses in the fifth grade. Let's just say her grades improved and she never looked back. An all-Canadian woman, Dr. Durst was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up living in Inuvik, NWT, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Regina, Saskatchewan before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and Microbiology with Honours from the University of British Columbia in 2005. As part of her undergraduate education, she had various research experiences, including student internships at the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark and influenza and anthrax work at the Defence Research and Development Canada in Suffield, AB. This led her to rekindle her passion for vision and ocular research by volunteering at the UBC Eye Care Centre.
She attended the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, IL where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree Magna Cum Laude in 2010. She completed internships in ocular disease at the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, WV, and the Illinois Eye Institute where she worked with retina, cornea, refractive and glaucoma specialists. She was trained in pediatrics and binocular vision at the Vision Institute of Canada in Toronto, ON. She also had specialty contact lens training at ICO and in Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Durst sees each patient exam as an opportunity to go beyond the basic prescription and eye health check to encompass a holistic approach to vision and health. Always a fan of technology, she keeps up with the latest treatments, research and diagnostics.
While at the Illinois College of Optometry she was the Director of Community Service and believes strongly in giving back to the community. She organized vision screenings for the Special Olympics and for under-serviced communities. In 2008, she was privileged to provide eye exams and glasses in rural Mexico with Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH). In her spare time she enjoys piano, acrylic painting, running, skiing and curling.
Dr. Liseann Head grew up in Southern Ontario and knew from a young age she wanted to become an optometrist. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo, graduating with honours in 2010. During that time, she had internships at a private practice in Terrace, British Columbia and a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where she had extensive exposure to primary care eye diseases. Dr. Head also received an NSERC Research Grant for vision therapy with children; presenting the findings at the 2008 ARVO conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of a Clinical Excellence Scholarship and the CooperVision Contact Lens Award.
After graduation, Dr. Head and her husband moved to New Westminster and quickly enjoyed all their new hometown had to offer. Prior to joining FYidoctors – New Westminster in 2017, Dr. Head practiced at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland, most recently at a private practice in South Surrey for 4 years. She brings with her experience in all areas of optometry, including contact lens, geriatrics, ocular disease treatment and co-management, primary and emergency care, laser surgery co-management, and pediatrics. While Dr. Head provides detailed and attentive care to patients of all ages, she has a passion for myopia control treatment in children.
Dr. Head is a proud member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists, serving on the Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and volunteers on the Membership Committee. An avid learner, she keeps up with the latest research and treatments. In her free time, Dr. Head participates in various community events, travels with her husband, enjoys cross-stitching, and hiking.
She loves living in New Westminster and looks forward to caring for patients within her local community
Dr. Brenda Horner was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC, attended the University of Victoria from 1979-80 and received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1985 from the University of Waterloo, graduating with Honours. She began her career with a group of progressive optometrists in Abbotsford, working there from 1985-1995. Concurrently she and her husband, Dr. Blain Stokowski co-owned a practice in New Westminster and following Dr. Stokowski's death in 1996, she became the sole owner of the Family Eyecare Centre of New Westminster (FEC). The practice grew and moved 5 times since 1985 and Dr. Horner devoted countless hours building it into a progressive, multi-doctor clinic, eventually becoming one of the founding partners of FYidoctors in 2008.
Dr. Horner retired from clinical practice in 2016 but remains actively involved in the clinic in a management capacity. Over the years the practice has received numerous business awards, including the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Platinum Award for Excellence in Customer Service (2013 & 2014) and for Inclusion Excellence (2015), and the New Westminster Record Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Optometrist’ (2016). In 2016 Dr. Horner was awarded the BC Doctors of Optometry President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to her profession throughout her career.
Dr. Horner is currently an assessor and investigator for the BC College of Optometrists; a member of the BC Doctors of Optometry Government Relations Committee; a member of the Stenberg College Opticians’ Program Advisory Committee; and a vision examiner for a macular degeneration research study. Dr. Horner's past accomplishments include: Vice President of the BC Association of Optometrists (BCAO), BCAO Treasurer, Membership Committee Chair, Ethics Committee Chair and BCAO Councilor; Optometry Representative for the BC Vision Health Coalition; FYi Advisory Board member, FYi Recruitment Committee Chair; President of the New Westminster Networking Women. She also volunteers for many organizations outside her profession.
In her spare time, Dr. Horner enjoys cycling, hiking, outdoor fitness, choral singing and cooking. Her greatest passion is travel, which she has combined with optometry in the form of missions to India, Malawi and Morocco. She has also traveled to over 60 countries in 6 continents, from the Middle East to Australia to Southeast Asia to the bottom of South America. Dr. Horner is happily married to a retired firefighter and has two adult daughters.
Her personal motto is: "Live every day of your life." - Jonathan Swift